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Draghi’s fall is the last government chess move that is predicted to take a long time
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Draghi’s fall is the last government chess move that is predicted to take a long time

The resignation of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, 12 hours after his coalition broke up in Parliament, was the latest move in a political chess set that is expected to last for months before a new government takes power. This Thursday, the only certainty for Italians is that they will vote on September 25, about six months ahead of schedule. But even before a date was set, Italian parties were already in 'turmoil' in the face of the political situation, with some losing longtime loyalists in the leadership, after three key coalition partners - populists, right-wing, and conservatives - have decided to leave Draghi. In 17 months at the helm of the government, Draghi was seen as a pillar of stability in a nation, the EU's third-largest economy, beset by high inflation and fears of...
Italy: Minister blames pro-Putin parties for fall of government
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Italy: Minister blames pro-Putin parties for fall of government

The acting Italian Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio, defended today that "it is not by chance" that the government of Mario Draghi fell, accusing the parties that "blink the eye" to the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin. It is no coincidence that the government has been overthrown by two political forces that 'wink their eye' at Vladimir Putin," said the still head of Italian diplomacy. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi formally resigned to the head of state, after losing the support of three parties that supported his coalition: Giuseppe Conte's Five Star Movement (M5S); the League, by Matteo Salvini; and Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia. Di Maio, who recently left M5S, the party he led until January 2020, had already warned last week that Moscow "was toasting" because of t...
Mario Draghi has already handed in his resignation to the president of Italy
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Mario Draghi has already handed in his resignation to the president of Italy

Italians will go to vote in October. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has already handed over his resignation to the President of Italy. The announcement was made in an official statement, quoted by Reuters, after, this morning, in the Italian parliament, Draghi had announced that he would communicate his final decision to Sergio Mattarella, although without saying which one. Mattarella reportedly asked him to remain in office, but it has not been confirmed whether or not parliament will be dissolved or when early elections will be held. The governor appeared this Thursday at the Chamber of Deputies, where he thanked and received great applause. Then, visibly moved, he said: "Sometimes even the bankers' hearts beat...", said the former governor of the European Central Bank, remembe...
Italy declares state of emergency in five regions due to drought
Europe, European Union

Italy declares state of emergency in five regions due to drought

  Italy today declared a state of emergency in five regions of the north of the country and announced the release of a fund of 36.5 million euros to respond to the impact of the drought. The Italian Council of Ministers approved the decree of a state of emergency in Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lombardy, Veneto, and Piedmont until December 31, the government announced in a statement. The Italian peninsula is facing an unusually early heat wave accompanied by a lack of rain, especially on the Po River agricultural plain, hit by the worst drought in 70 years. The state of emergency aims to grant "extraordinary means and powers" to ensure the execution of urgent interventions necessary to guarantee public safety, repair damage to public and private property and normal l...
Global Warming: Collapse of glaciers, like the one that killed several people in Italy, will be more frequent in the coming years, experts warn
Global Concerns

Global Warming: Collapse of glaciers, like the one that killed several people in Italy, will be more frequent in the coming years, experts warn

The continuous increase in the temperature of the planet Earth is causing the melting of giant blocks of ice that have been frozen for hundreds and even thousands of years. In the times ahead, such events should become more frequent. This Sunday, parts of a glacier broke off from the Marmolada mountain, in the Italian Alps, causing a landslide that caused the death of six people and the disappearance of dozens. Cited by 'The Guardian', Walter Milan, from Italy's alpine rescue agency, explains that, in recent days, the Alps have recorded temperatures of 10 degrees centigrade, which is "extremely hot" for that region. That same organism predicts that the glacier will cease to exist in the next 30 years. In turn, glacier specialist Poul Christoffersen, from the University of Cambridge, in...
G7 to send clear message to Russia ahead of NATO summit
Global Concerns

G7 to send clear message to Russia ahead of NATO summit

G7 leaders will launch a clear message today in response to Russia, at the end of a meeting dominated by the war against Ukraine, with eyes on Madrid and the opening of the NATO summit. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the seven great powers, said that with the start of the invasion of the neighboring country, Moscow had entered a "point of no return" with the international community. Within hours of that statement, G7 leaders condemned the "abominable war crime" against the commercial center of the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk. "We will not rest until Russia puts an end to its brutal and senseless war," he warned in a statement released in Elmau, the Bavarian castle where the summit is taking place. De Elmau was assured that the G7 will s...